(4-14-22) UPDATED: The Republican-controlled legislature in Kentucky voted Wednesday to override Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear’s veto of legislation (Senate Bill 83) that would prohibit transgender athletes from competing in sex-segregated sporting events from sixth grade through college.

The vote to override, which came Wednesday, was 29-8 in the Senate and 72-23 in the House. The law took effect immediately.

Kentucky joins Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia in enacting such a law, although enforcement of the Idaho and West Virginia laws is halted while lawsuits proceed. Utah’s passed through an override of Gov. Spencer Cox’s veto. Governors in Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, and North Dakota have also vetoed such bills.

(4-7-22) Democrat Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed a bill banning transgender athletes from competing in sex-segregated in Kentucky sporting events.

Beshear refused to sign the bill Wednesday after claiming it was most likely unconstitutional. Beshear claimed the legislation “discriminates against transgender people” and therefore would not hold up in court.

Under the Kentucky bill, a student’s gender would be determined by the “biological sex” indicated on the student’s certified birth certificate “as originally issued at the time of birth or adoption.

The Republican-dominated state legislature with a majority vote in both houses is expected to take place next week. The bill passed the state house with a 70 to 23 vote. The state senate was similar with a 26 to 9 vote. A simple majority is needed to override the governor’s veto.

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